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$9.99

The Very Itchy Bear Board Book

Author Bland,Nick

Item Code 8183657

Product Type Book

Format Board book

ISBN 9781742836058

Series Cranky Bear

Publisher SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

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Bear is here . . .
and here is Flea
(but Flea’s a little small to see).

This is Flea
about to bite,
but not because he’s impolite.

He’s biting bear
to say, ‘Hello!’,
biting high and biting low.


In The Very Cranky Bear, Bear’s cave was invaded by four playful animals. In The Very Itchy Bear there is just one creature bothering him: a persistent flea. Bear tries to get away but Flea just won’t leave him alone.

When Bear finally gets rid of Flea, he finds that he misses him — and a new friendship is born.

Now in board book format —  perfect for little hands!
Genre: Animal Stories, Humorous Stories Subject: Picture Books Reading Level: Early Childhood School Year: Early Childhood, Pre-School Lexile Level:: RA410L Ages: 1 to 3 Page Count: 24
Nick Bland

Where were you born? Where do you live now?
Born in Lilydale, Victoria. Living at Wagait Beach near Darwin, NT.

Where did you go to school?
Bendigo.

Did you have a nickname?
Nothing that stuck.

What were you like in school?

Straight As and several suspensions, one expulsion, one reinstatement. Not my best years.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
Let’s not talk about that.

What was your favourite book growing up?
A Boy, a Dog and a Frog by Mercer Mayer. It was wordless and colourless but absolutely perfect.

Who are your favourite children’s authors/illustrators?
Shaun Tan and Chris Van Allsberg.

What is your favourite food / colour / movie?
Curry / Brown / Pulp Fiction.

Who inspired you to write and illustrate?
Maurice Sendak, Deb and Kilmeny Niland, Murray Ball (Footrot Flats), Michael Leunig, William Archibald Spooner.

How did you get started?
Worked in a bookshop, illustrated readers, worked hard on style and content then sent off an unsolicited manuscript called A Monster Wrote Me a Letter.

How old were you?
30.

Why did you want to be an author and illustrator?
It is such a unique art form and one I believed I could become good at.

How do you think up ideas?
I relax and wait for them to come to me.

Do you have a special place where you write and illustrate?
Beside the ocean.

What is the best thing about being an author and illustrator?
Being your own boss.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an author and illustrator?
I once finished a whole book before I realised I’d done an extra page. Luckily it could be omitted without disrupting the flow of the book.

What do you do when you are not writing or illustrating?
Gardening and housework.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author or illustrator?
Industrial engineer.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Herron of Alexandria. He invented two components of the internal combustion engine in about 60 AD but never got around to combining them. It would be another 1800 years until someone did.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I’m colour blind. I see colours but slightly differently to most people.


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